One one hand, we want to avoid unhealthy activities that shorten our lives. On the other hand, it is important to enjoy our time here.
I say we do both, but with moderation.
The problem is, for many who’ve been drinking heavily, putting down the bottle can give rise to insomnia or anxiety.
Chinese medicine is highly adept at addressing these transitory conditions, however alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as a state of confusion and visual hallucinations, fever, convulsions and “black outs” are considered a severe form of acute alcohol withdrawal and medical intervention is indicated which means, go see your doctor!
Kudzu overwhelming unknown structures on a hillside.
When it comes to how something works, modern scientific biomedicine is very keen to understand medicinal mechanisms. While it is true that traditional Chinese medicine doesn’t make use of microscopes or molecular models to explain the effect of our therapies, we do have a very well developed theoretical framework to explain the actions of herbs.
TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) gives herbs certain qualities such as its temperature, taste, and the channel and/or organ that the herb enters.
Herbs have a sort of thermal quality about them. For instance mint is cool and peppers are hot. Continue reading →
Up until very recently, Kudzu was considered in the USA to be an unfortunate agricultural problem of the south, where this ivy has taken over millions of acres with no natural predators and a perfect climate in which to thrive. However with recent research into its effect on the metabolism of alcohol in human test subjects, science may end up reclassifying this “weed” as our newest “wonder drug”.
Kudzu in Biomedical Research
A big health news story came out recently that reported that Ge Gen / Kudzu (Rx. Pueriariae) was shown to be effective in lowering alcohol consumption in humans. While there is some controversy regarding the mechanism of this action, it is generally considered a positive finding that less desire for alcohol is a good thing no matter how you slice it. In particular, this research says: Continue reading →